Illegal motorcycle exhausts on Royal Enfields: Police begin registering cases against owners

Police in Pimpri Chinchwad are taking strict action against bike riders using modified exhausts on their motorcycles. The police have recently registered three cases against the owners of motorcycles with modified silencers. Two of the cases are from Chakan while another case is registered at the Dighi police station.

A woman complained about the loud exhausts in Dighi while police officers in Chakan registered the cases by themselves. The police have registered cases under sections 279 and 290 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and other relevant sections. The officials also said that they will take action against the garage owners who replaced the exhausts if there are repetitive cases.

The police task force launched a massive crackdown on such modified motorcycles in April this year. Around 300 motorcycles were issued challans worth Rs 3 lakh. However, the number of offenders on the roads remains more or less the same.

The booked motorcycles will be seized by the police and will be released to the owners only after the court’s approval.

Most Royal Enfield riders change exhausts

Illegal motorcycle exhausts on Royal Enfields: Police begin registering cases against owners

We have seen several examples of Royal Enfield Bullet riders creating firing shots from the illegal exhaust of their motorcycles. Such a sound made from the exhausts feels like cracker-bursts, with many creating such sounds merely for grabbing attention on the road. However, these sounds are illegal to make and damage the exhaust system and the engine in the long run.

Creating such crackling shots from illegal exhaust pipes of a motorcycle is illegal and causes unwanted noise pollution. Such nuisance-creating riders bring a bad name not only to the Royal Enfield fans but also to the entire motorcycling fraternity. The policemen too are usually strict in such cases by confiscating the illegal exhausts of the Bullet and other motorcycles as well.

The Royal Enfield Bullet holds a record for the motorcycle in the longest continuous production run. The motorcycle is being produced in India for decades and continues to retain the iconic old-school design. In its latest iteration, the Royal Enfield Bullet gets a BS6-compliant four-stroke, single-cylinder, air-cooled, 346cc engine, which produces 19.3 bhp of maximum power and 28 Nm of maximum torque.

The Royal Enfield Bullet is bare-basic by modern standards and lacks several features. However, in recent times, it started coming equipped with a front disc brake, engine kill switch, and dual-channel ABS as standard, with an electric starter still given as an optional add-on.

It should be noted that such exhausts are not illegal to install on motorcycles or cars in India. However, they cannot be used on public roads. Such modified motorcycles can be towed on a flatbed to private property like a racing track and can be used there. However, on the public roads, removing the stock exhaust and installing any aftermarket exhaust that exceeds the noise level set by the authorities can be seized and destroyed like this.